Suspect Connected to Al Hamraa Murder has Charges Reduced

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Antwan Roberts, the man police say is connected to a killing at a private party inside a Charlottesville restaurant, appeared in Charlottesville General District Court Thursday.

Antonio Washington was stabbed to death outside the Al Hamraa restaurant in Charlottesville on May 10.

Thursday's testimony focused on Roberts, 21, who police say was involved with the incident that killed Washington, but was not directly responsible for his death. Taneak Turner was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Washington's death.

A judge ruled Thursday afternoon there is not enough evidence to charge Roberts with principle in the second degree in connection with Washington's death. Charges against Roberts were reduced to accessory to murder after the fact in court Thursday. He's still facing charges in connection to a shooting that investigators say happened the same night of the stabbing.

Police hadn't released many details until Thursday's preliminary hearing. They say Washington and Roberts got in a fist-fight at Al Hamraa restaurant and that Turner then stabbed Washington. Police say, minutes later, Turner fired shots into a car outside the restaurant, but no one was seriously injured.

Roberts' charges will head to a grand jury soon.

Turner also appeared in Charlottesville General District Court Thursday. His hearing was continued until October 16 at 2 p.m.

Both men are currently being held without bond at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

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